An Interactive session with Ms. Siya Shruti, Topper of Bihar Judiciary 2019 with indianlegalsolution.com
Siya Shruti is the first woman to have topped the Bihar Judicial Service exam since 2009.
Q.1 What made you choose the judiciary as a career option, even though you had an established career.
I always wanted to become a judicial officer, since my admission to CNLU, Patna. After law graduation, I got a placed in Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and later in AICL, a medico-legal company. After working for 2+ years I felt this was not my cup of tea. That is when I decided to quit the job and in 2018 started preparing for the judicial services exam.
Q2. What was the strategy you adopted to prepare for this exam? Did you face any difficulty in preparing for this?
Since the syllabus for this exam is very vast, I took a concerted full year to finish the syllabus. Even though I was attempting for other state exams but I was fully focused on my home state, Bihar Judicial Services Exam. I kept myself thorough with the syllabus, by reading Bareacts, practicing MCQ of several states and also solved previous years’ mains papers. Also, I gave equal focus to General Knowledge paper and maintained a proper balance between GK and Law, which gave me an edge in the exam.
Q3. What made you a topper and different from a qualifier?
I did not follow a selective study, which made the difference. The question pattern was slightly different from previous years. For eg. Commercial Law and Property Laws had newer kinds of questions, and not following selective study benefited me in the exam.
Q4. Did your University study influence you to take this decision?
During my college days, I was focused mainly on my academics. The faculty in CNLU were also very supportive and open to resolving conceptual queries. I was involved in co-curricular activities extensively. I represented University in 18th Stetson International Moot and won the Best Team award and 2nd best Memorial Award. I was Assistant Editor of the editorial board, member of the Internship Committee and Recruitment Co-ordinator of RCC too. My prime focus was to build a strong CV and academics in law school.
Q5. What message do you want to give to the future Law and judicial Aspirants?
The only strategy to crack this exam is consistency, honesty and hard work. Continuous revision is the key to retention. Balancing GK and Law together is also very important. Also, follow internet sources and find an alternative stress buster to keep yourself motivated. All the best.
For the Lawyers, I would suggest doing the work they love. Don’t go for the job, but go for the career.